Sustained by the Taj, and the excellent breakfast back at the hotel, we made tracks for Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri, Emperor Akbar’s abandoned fort-palace capital from the 16th century.
Our hotel in Jaipur was the shabbily genteel “haveli” of the Diggi family, also the site of the annual Jaipur Literary Festival. http://www.hoteldiggipalace.com/
Sightseeing the following morning consisted of an elephant ride upto the 16thC rajput bastion, Ajmer Fort.
Being on an elephant can only be beat by one other activity: shopping.
The evening was given over to cooking with the incredibly gracious Rathore royal family. Three generations of the Rahtores live in a lovely mansion. We sampled Safed Maas, Gatte ki kadhi, and the incomparable Batti — should be a staple starch in every cuisine even if a little decadent!